Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 11
Dear brothers and sisters,
In this bible study on the 11th chapter on the book of 1 Corinthians, we will discuss the following subjects:
- On covering the head in worship
- Correcting an abuse of the Lord’s supper
Paul starts this chapter by a single sentence: follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. This sentence shows that we should take the time and see how other Christians are behaving and acting and to determine that they are following the example of God. So, never think you are to proud to look to others how to improve your actions. But the most important part is make sure that they are following the example of Christ. This first sentence shows how important it is that we only follow examples that are from Christ!
On covering the head in worship
This part of the chapter starts of with a significant sentence on the holding of traditions. I expect most of you, if not all, have been i discussion regarding the question if the Law is still applicable after Jesus died for us at the cross. This chapter informs us that although it is through grace that we will enter Heaven, it does not in anyway mean that we are allowed to no longer hold the traditions and Laws. Holding the Laws is also a sign of respect and worship to God. God gave them to us in the times of the Old Testament for a reason. Because they make us righteous in His eyes. So, please while learning from the Bible make sure that you also learn of the Law.
In this chapter it now concern the covering of the head during worship. As we can read there is a difference between men and woman. First of all, the head of every man is Christ, and the head of every woman is her man, and the head of Christ is God. For a man (as head of the family) it is forbidden to cover his head, while for the woman it is required. I believe this all has to do that covering the head is a sign of humbleness, but also as the chapter describes it is the woman that came from the man and in the man the glory of God is shown and it the woman the glory of her man. And how can a man be both humble and the head of the family? It is the man that needs to make the important decisions with regard to the family. Does this mean that the woman has nothing to say at all? No, I believe that the Bible is also clear on that point. In the house / private man and wife can and need to discuss all matters. But when it comes to making a decision in which both can’t reach a clear answer, than it is the man that needs to make the final decision. So, no man should ever think that these kind of verses can be used to dominate the wife or treat her a slave. God gave you a queen, so make sure that you treat her a such! And I also believe that behind every strong man there is a strong woman!
Correcting an abuse of the Lord’s supper
As Christians we should not just just be nice and give praises to each other. If you see that another Christian is acting contrary to God’s word, than it is your duty to talk with that other Christian and through prayer and scripture show why this person needs to change.
In the church of Corinthians the Lord’s supper was not celebrated in the right way and it was no longer to God’s honor. E.g. Christians eating and drinking there meals instead of drinking the wine as the blood of Jesus and eating the bread is the body of Christ. Or not allowing of the poor to be able to also hold the Lord’s supper. The Lord’s suppers is meant to honor God and should be focussed on exactly this and should not be discraged by not allowing all people to participate, to really eat and drink for the sake of worshipping God instead of taking a meal (do that at home!)
When we eat the bread and drink the wine, than you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. So when you eat or drink in an unworthy manner, than you are guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord! While growing up I have been in churches in which I thought (looking back) it was taking very lightly for a church member to participate. But this chapter raises a very important requirement. Before taking part you need to examine themselves? Because if you don’t examine yourself than you could be drinking and eating judgment on yourself. Make sure that you first discern the body of Christ, before taking part.